After Afterglow Miami Ink's took home Crufts Best in Show yesterday, there was another champion announced over the weekend.
Biscuit, a German Shepherd Dog/Border Collie cross owned by Joshua King, 14, from Prestatyn, Denbighshire, was named Scruffts Family Crossbreed of the Year on Saturday 11 March.
The two and a half year old was one of six crossbreeds in the final, including King Tommy, owned by Monique Nerman whose story features in our April Book Club, and our current cover dog Fleur, owned by Wendy Morris. The six finalists won their class at the semi-finals at Eukanuba Discover Dogs in London last October, with Biscuit winning the Good Citizen Dog Scheme category.
Biscuit's owner, Joshua is a Young Kennel Club (YKC) member and had wanted his own dog from a very young age. In 2014, his dream came true when he visited a litter which had one crossbreed puppy left.
They immediately bonded and since taking him home, Biscuit has achieved his bronze, silver and gold Kennel club good Citizen Dog Scheme awards and regularly competes in YKC competitions. Joshua is currently training to become a dog trainer at his local club, the Good Companion Dog training Club, in Prestatyn, helping to run classes once a week.
Joshua said, "I was not expecting to win and I’m extremely delighted about it. I think Biscuit’s potential sets him out from other dogs. He is brilliant with people and loves other dogs as well; he wants everybody to be his best mate.
"Competitions like Scruffts give dogs like Biscuit a chance as there’s no other big competitions available for crossbreeds. This shines a light on crossbreeds which is great because they’re brilliant.
"The atmosphere in the arena was busy and quite nerve-wracking for me, but it was brilliant and Biscuit seemed to take it all in his stride. Crufts is so special because everyone here loves dogs, speaks to each other and are really friendly."
The competition, supported by pet food makers James Wellbeloved, was judged by olympic gold medalist, Alex Gregory MBE, and championship Best in Show judge, David Guy. Commenting on the decision, Alex said, "Any one of those finalists could have won but when it came down to it Joshua and Biscuit’s story inspired both of us. He was the whole package."
David added, "The winner is inspirational; he’s young, committed and an example dog owner who, at such a young age, has already given so much back to the canine world."
Catch all the finalists on Scruffts: Britain’s Favourite Dog, airing on Channel 4 on Friday 17 March at 8pm.